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Cape Aloe or Bitter Aloe
Aloe ferox has a tall single stem that can grow to 2-3 metres (10 ft) in height.
The thick fleshy leaves are a green-blue in colour arranged in rosettes around the stem. Showy large tall flowers spike form high above the foliage carrying many brightly coloured orange-red flowers.
Flowering occurs in winter and spring but maybe be delayed in areas with colder conditions.
A flowering succulent that is native to Arabia, Madagascar and Africa but is most diverse in South Africa.
Adaptable to most soils as long as it is well-draining.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-24°C
General note: Seeds of many plants are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.